The Supreme Court bench has adjourned the hearing of the case till February 8th, citing technical reasons for doing so. The hearing for the Ram Janmbhoomi started off on a very aggressive note with both sides arguing the strong points of their case in front of the three-judge bench of the Apex Court.
The Sunni Waqf Board counsel, led by Kapil Sibal, made a point about delaying any hearing in the case till after 2019 so that the Modi Government cannot reap any benefits of the court's judgement.
He argued that Subramanian Swami one of the petitioners in the matter, had vested political interests in seeing the matter reach an early conclusion and hence that advantage should not be given to him or to his party (BJP).
Kapil Sibal apparently even threatened to walk out of the court in protest if the hearing continued as planned. He continued his pointed attack on Prime Minister Modi and the BJP by linking the SC hearings with the primary poll promise made by the BJP during the 2014 elections which stated that they would see a constructive end to the Ram Janmbhoomi dispute during their period of governance.
Lawyer Harish Salve, appearing for Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, in turn commented that he had never seen a senior lawyer behave so rashly in court by threatening to walk out if the court did not run according to his direction. Salve commented that "the court should go ahead with the hearings and not worry about the alleged political outcomes."
The Supreme Court has adjourned the case in order to facilitate the paperwork and technical formalities needed in place before the final hearings can begin in February because after that the court would not like to break pace due to technical glitches.
Even though the Sunni Waqf board is vehemently opposing any lasting solution in the matter before the 2019 General elections, the Supreme has taken on record the joint proposal submitted by the Shia Waqf board in agreement with the Hindu parties involved.
The " compromise proposal" suggests that the Shia Waqf board will help in seeing through the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya provided a mosque is also built in a Muslim majority area in Uttar Pradesh.
Despite efforts made by Kapil Sibal and a certain section of 'social activists' to stall the hearings, the SC will decide its course of action on the February 8. Meanwhile, with the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition coming up on December 6, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory to all states urging them to maintain communal harmony.